VMware View Planner is the first comprehensive standard methodology for comparing virtual desktop deployment platforms. Using the patented technology, View Planner generates a realistic measure of client-side desktop performance for all desktops being measured on the virtual desktop platform. View Planner uses a rich set of commonly used applications as the desktop workload.

View Planner provides a consistent methodology that captures the overall scalability of the deployment platform and the performance of each individual application operation within a given desktop. The number of virtual desktops for which workloads have met a defined performance threshold determines the overall benchmark score.

The benchmark uses VDI and the hardware infrastructure of your choice and is scalable from a few virtual machines running on one host up to hundreds of virtual machines distributed across a cluster of hosts.

Application-Centric Benchmarking of Real-World Workloads

The standard View Planner workload applications are a representative of typical for virtual desktop users, such as word processor, spreadsheet, web browser, and document viewer. View Planner also supports plugging in custom workloads developed by users.

Unique Client-Side Performance Measurement

VMware View Planner uses an exclusive patented technology to accurately measure the client-side performance of a virtual desktop. It provides accurate real-life performance results instead of results estimated from server-side performance measurements.

High-Precision Scoring Methodology

When a View Planner test is run, the completion times for the application operations are measured in nanoseconds. Operations are grouped as CPU intensive (Group A), I/O intensive (Group B), and operations that apply load in the background (Group C). A resulting View Planner score is the number of desktops for which at least 95 percent of both the operations in Group A and in Group B had completion times less that the defined threshold.